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Fresh detentions in Shanghai as China Covid protests spread

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    Police in Shanghai detained at least two people on Monday at a site that has seen protests two nights in a row Fresh detentions in Shanghai as China Covid protests spread
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Police in Shanghai detained at least two people on Monday at a site that has seen protests two nights in a row

Hundreds of demonstrators and police have clashed in Shanghai as protests over China’s stringent Covid restrictions flared for a third day and spread to several cities, in the biggest test for president Xi Jinping since he secured a historic third term in power.

The wave of civil disobedience is unprecedented in mainland China in the past decade, as frustration mounts over Xi’s signature zero-Covid policy nearly three years into the pandemic.

Protests triggered by a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country last week took place on Sunday in cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Wuhan and Guangzhou.